Ketchbot wedding week: part 2

12039177_752173451692_155352677793575983_n A week ago, my parents threw a welcome wedding lunch at the family farm for the incoming Wisconsin family. My mom had many pies and cookies, as well as many other salads, bbq and cute veggie cups.  12009581_752173047502_780453673837505160_n Several aunts and uncles, and many cousins flew in at noon, so we all met at the farm before heading to Camano Island for the wedding. 12038124_10101463747605120_5405187896734117503_n  We ate in the pole barn with seating for 25 people! 12045722_10101463747769790_1677866216217679934_o Before the bride and groom arrived, we celebrated my dad’s big birthday early! 12038156_752172987622_600672653964592495_n We all loved the birthday apple pie and the train cookies! 12039332_10101463747390550_7729212636124963843_n 12004911_752172932732_3332431190697196105_n After lunch we went for a tour around the farm, some people went by golf cart,  12038169_10101463747420490_4499960471817184162_n12039296_752173282032_5134234348798110830_n  some collected apples for the horses, or danced with cows. 11951373_752173192212_1848255075063147440_n  We also celebrated Jason and Jeri’s upcoming baby, 12046801_752173017562_815353438290692861_n due in November! After our late lunch, we drove to our rental cabins on Camano Island. 12003295_752353006862_1610494125575036059_n They were stunning and more spectacular then the VRBO photos online. Each cabin had water views and beach access!  12027635_752174424742_6725251683763860271_n image image I love my Wisconsin family plus my cousins are hilarious “people of fun”! Can’t you tell?!?image image12039637_752209843762_3910010284561891300_n Friday morning, the bride, bridesmaids and Kiki, the most epic wedding organizer met for breakfast and to discuss logistics! An incredibly nice regular customer paid for our meals anonymously too!12019910_752209883682_2592743525893849174_n 11987071_752219135142_6014031982133573727_n    Friday afternoon, there was the wedding rehearsal at Center of Wooden Boats-Cama Beach. It was super windy but wonderfully not raining.imageimage12049466_752352817242_6656360168397400804_n My sister has cute dimples, right? image The Ketchbots are pretty cute together too.   image After the rehearsal dinner, we pampered ourselves with face masks and scaring Mr F.image Next up, the wedding!!!

The Ketchbot wedding week!

image Last Tuesday night, we finished painting signs for the wedding and Wednesday the bride and bridesmaids got mani/pedis….image image The bride asked for coral nails and blue toes with gold sparkles since she found a similar image on Pinterest. image On Thursday, we drove up to Camano Island! First we stopped at the family farm for lunch! My mom had a great spread of food with lots of desserts for the Wisconsin family members flying into town. image I can’t wait to post more photos soon! This week has been crazy busy. I’m flying to Irvine now for work and this weekend, we go to Walla Walla for our 10 year college reunion, plus it’s my dad’s 70th birthday!

My sister’s getting married this weekend

image In July, we had Katie’s bachelorette party and my other sister, Janie made all the decorations!image The happy couple is set to wed this weekend and the Wisconsin family had already started flying into town!

Last night at my parents’ house we finished painting a few things for the wedding and tomorrow we’ll drive up to the island location!image image Katie’s going to be such a beautiful bride and sweet wifey! image  I can’t wait to post wedding photos soon, especially of the bridal party!image

This time last week: my grandmother’s 90th birthday party!

11954633_750383663442_783602741328615995_n My grandmother is one of the strongest and most inspirational women I know. She turned 90 last week 11219590_750383813142_5356907322000921333_n and had a big birthday bash in Ballard. 11947452_750383713342_4317362701674074697_n She’s always the life of the party with a great laugh. Can you tell we’re related? 11990390_750368643542_7521988514563427063_n (From the left, my mom, me, my sister, Janie, Tootie, and my sister, Katie, who’s getting married next weekend!!!)

When I was little, I couldn’t say Lola Ruthie and somehow I said Tootie, like Tutti Frutti. I think my personality is most like Tootie’s! 11953285_750383703362_8083437616937537121_n My mom went back to work when my little sister, Katie went to Kindergarten so Tootie would come over before and after school, to take care of us, while my parents were at work. She was a social worker and a music teacher before retiring early to take care of me and my sisters! 11988639_750383673422_8769510400549549944_n Not only is she a wonderful grandmother, vivacious and lovable, she has a huge family and soo many friends. There were nearly 60 people at her birthday party! 11209672_750383748272_322475011495779311_n We all love Tootie so much! It’s so wonderful to celebrate her!

First weekend home in two weeks!

I’m back on my blog after two weeks of travel for work and play! The last week of August Mr. F and I flew to Milwaukee.11951098_748860805262_3133095971150194914_n We even got upgraded to first class on the way there! I had a work trip planned and my cousin Toby got married in Steven’s Point! 11891001_10101438276234950_220585036306728330_n It was wonderful to have a few days in Milwaukee to have dinner11951638_749266162922_7126319493112153813_o with my awesome Talbot cousins, meander along 11952973_749222225972_2740696984397313226_o the riverwalk and around the city,  11953310_749129731332_963405064344336743_o go to our favorite restaurant, Bavette, and11224025_749222345732_8982294926411412655_o even catch a waterskiing exhibition with my cousins in the park! 11942158_10101438914381100_51947815136281935_oWe were surprised that Milwaukee was colder than Seattle and even rained! We had brought tons of bug spray and sunscreen. 11895978_749253418462_3578484545626576330_n Fortunately, we indulged in plenty of comfort food to keep warm. I’m still dreaming of the biscuits, like the raspberry cream cheese ones at Benelux 11951607_749222056312_5336303381424748063_o plus cheese curds, and burgers in pretzel buns FullSizeRender (1) that we had at Cafe Hollander!  FullSizeRender

My cousin’s wedding reception was held on the Wisconsin River and the newlyweds arrived by boat!  11217956_749355997892_4335251733579863991_n 11950205_10101451275668980_5847731645561841864_o I loved their decorations, sunflowers, cupcakes 11960114_749355903082_889832569118193013_n and all the family photos from the evening. 11133644_10101451277430450_1313798983941517259_o We had photos with most of the girl cousins with Granny Kay. 11998815_750257241792_5212358242857433787_n Several photos with most of Granny Kay’s children with their families and 11900029_749458602272_4090790796245304183_n the cousins being silly! Aunt Kitchie is the oldest daughter and her grandson, Will was the life of the party. She’s pictured here 11951144_749356107672_3024449610181374973_n with her daughter, Sarah and her husband Bill! 11958287_10101451275943430_8441117044262430034_o My dad is the next oldest child, pictured with my mom and Janie. 11958108_10101451278328650_8822937188089627291_o Uncle Mike is the third child and he and Aunt Linda brought their beautiful hunting dogs. My cousin Jessie’s an OBGYN resident in Chicago! 11249097_10101451278478350_8779252885393999714_o Granny Kay loved see her family, especially her newest great-grandchild, Cora!  11705449_10101451276991330_7086056662117275728_o11224789_10101451279675950_3517860367943838329_o Uncle Joe and Aunt Mary Lou are some of Granny Kay’s youngest children. 11951707_10101451278633040_3493059429835523456_o  Toby and Virginia’s first dance song was played by my cousins Jason and Charlie. It was so romantic! 11958127_10101451277764780_3099864335315046167_o It was a fun night full of Talbot shenanigans 11958258_10101451280259780_1982540965875290139_o and lots of dancing! 11953071_749457843792_1429265052571225272_n11053862_10101451280070160_935775842210304844_o The parents of the groom looked so happy.

The morning after the wedding, we went to Aunt Mary and Uncle Larry’s Funny Farm for breakfast. 11053292_10101451281013270_5357930457647271084_o It was a nice way to see all the family again 11046287_10101451281751790_2903908515063154459_o before the flight home. Fortunately, I’ll see most of my Wisconsin 11954672_749512529202_5384607143170858556_n and Canadian cousins in two weeks for my sister’s wedding on Camano Island!!

Next I’ll post about this weekend and my grandmother’s 90th birthday celebration!

This time last week….

11856383_10101424934965960_1061795646477786599_o This time last week, my sisters, cousins, and my sister’s maid of honor made the time-honored, bachelorette tradition of obtaining Voodoo donuts.11916082_747508674942_3500886529578524806_n11825103_747508784722_7287296732739314768_n We waited in line for about 45 minutes Sunday morning for 2 dozen donuts. It was worth it, and we ate nearly a dozen 11891050_747508694902_1215800600854705334_n on the 6 hour drive home to Seattle. We nicknamed our 11057240_747508824642_5180266772406655636_n SUV, Channing Tatum and you can see it in the background with our donuts! On the way back to Seattle, we noted the terrible traffic on I-5 so we drove through Morton towards Mount Rainer for the scenic tour and took small highways all the way to Seattle.11889698_747550765592_7383175769830044303_n It was a great way to catch up on the way home! image After dropping off Channing, we met Mr. F and my parents for dinner and gave them some of the donuts. Apparently our eyes were bigger than our stomaches, or perhaps our sweet tooths!

I can’t believe my sister’s getting married in less than a month!!!!!

On the second day of KT’s bachelorette party

11891216_747499348632_4674674218877482620_n We didn’t party too hard Friday night but we did stay up late watching Magic Mike XXL, eating a lot of candy, and drinking cider. On Saturday morning, we went 11880437_747499308712_8379754591931721884_n to the Portland Saturday Market. image I loved that they had my favorite komucha brand on tap. My sister loved the bubble tea and 11898925_747359528832_1886387400552410831_nwe all loved the hand-painted signs. 11900038_747359543802_4840532845141202355_n (Since we really were like a small girly gang with our matching t-shirts!) Janie loved the flowers too. 11217164_747376045732_2240391048039450269_n After the market, we all went to get ice cream and the awesome Salt & Straw.  11880658_747377368082_6733373913837336897_n They had 5 phenomenal vegetable flavors image  including fennel & maple which I enjoyed with strawberry rhubarb pie. While my sister loved snickernoodle11896014_748287144882_6129733747194606224_n and someone else had the amazing carrot cake too. image I love my sisters and cousins! Our ice cream was perfect for the hot 80 degree day and shopping in the Pearl District! 11222466_747499667992_8753319076577294030_n For dinner, we went to the brilliant Andina image and all the supporting ladies wore black while the bride to be wore white! image The drinks were festive and Peruvian. 11863286_747395237272_5288413181235080704_n   11891185_747484149092_1898071248982446042_nThe scallops were also succulent. 11887986_747484159072_4729010383927760872_n I loved my grass fed lamb chops 11889548_747484194002_5546693274814192742_n and playing around with my cousin, Kiki. image Plus the desserts were out of this world!11896011_747499588152_2020092892256893206_nWe also got several great group photos after dinner too. image 11899875_747484318752_6561602959206251320_nOn our way back to the car, we were taking photos 11895986_747484398592_8481412500513341698_n and a bachelor party walked up behind the bride!  11905785_747484418552_2413333372731939755_n It was perfect timing! We had a wonderful night dancing to the Weeknd Song “Earned It” and to 90s music at Lola’s 11887898_747508011272_7120813460353994582_n where we knew all the words to the songs. It was so hilarious to sing along to Britney Spears, Hanson and Chumbawamba. We stopped by a few food trucks on the way home and fell asleep watching the original Magic Mike!